Travel Blogs from La Romana
... br> actually not much in terms of hotels or other tourist facilities in the Punta
Cana-Bavaro area, so my intent was just to do a quick drive through in route to
quieter spots to the northwest.
On the way I stopped in Higuey, a crowded chaotic city
surrounded by sugarcane fields with a single attraction in the form of the
Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Altagracia, the biggest church in the Dominican
Republic. The basilica is a pilgrimage center and ...
... will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:7-11 ESV) So often my theology of God's grace and mercy is so shallow. God is not my own personal genie in a bottle granting my every whim (or at least three). But God is also not an absentee ruler ...
Had a bit of a lie in today, was nice not to be woken up by loud animals or shouting, just from traffic instead! Had the free breakfast at the hostel, pretty good - toast, jam, fruit, cheese, meat. Then headed out again to further explore. Went along the Malecon (promenade along seafront). Not very pretty as lots of rubbish ...
... drop out after 8th grade as they have no ID documents and so cannot continue their studies. They often end up working in the sugarcane fields and the cycle continues. Also a recent study was done in the region showing that the quality of education in the bateys is pretty shocking, with only a few being able to write their own names.
We then visited various elderly people who had health complications. The charity has helped to fund medical costs ...
As a farewell to one of the volunteers here, the group arranged to go to the river. First we had to buy supplies from the market and then pick up the massive sound system which was with one of the group who lives in a bateye. We also picked up a few friends of theirs who joined us for the trip.
Along the way we got to see people working in ...